Keyano College Auctioning Surplus Musical Instruments, Repair Equipment, Tools & Supplies

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Keyano College in Fort McMurray, AB will sell by auction surplus musical instruments and repair equipment, tools, and supplies from having shut down its Musical Instrument Repair (MIR) program.

The first Lot consists of 170 used brass and woodwind instruments, and will close on Thursday, May 22, 2014.

The second Lot consists of 628 items of equipment, tools and supplies that were used by the MIR program, and will close on Friday, May 23, 2014.

Details of what is offered in each Lot can be found at:


Fishman Launches TriplePlay Guitar Wars Contest

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

guitarwarsFishman has launched the TriplePlay Guitar Wars Contest, an opportunity for respondents to create a great original composition using their Fishman TriplePlay Wireless Guitar Controller and win a free trip to Winter NAMM, a Godin TriplePlay guitar, and other prizes.

The Grand Prize winner’s free trip to the National Association of Music Merchant’s Show (Winter NAMM 2014) in Anaheim, CA includes four nights at a hotel, airfare, transfers to and from the airport, five hundred dollars in cash, and a chance to play their winning song live at the Fishman and Godin booths each day during the show. In addition, the winner gets a Godin Session Custom TriplePlay guitar (MSRP value: $1,295), and a one-year subscription to Guitar World magazine.


Trade Regrets: Allan Ash Of A.M.I. Sales Agency (1951-2013)

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

ashCMT regrets to report that longtime Canadian MI industry staple Allan Ash passed away earlier today after a bout with cancer. Most recently, Allan and his company, A.M.I. Sales Agency, were representing lines like Dansr, Antigua Winds, Pearl concert and marching percussion and flutes, and Adam concert and marching percussion.

Allan is survived by his wife Joan, his children Tanya (Steve) and Ryan (Melissa), and three grandchildren.

Prior to founding his own agency, Allan had represented Gemstone Musical Instruments and G. Leblanc Corporation and enjoyed a stint with Yamaha Canada Music. He also donated time to initiatives like the Canadian Music Industry Education Committee (CMIEC) and Ontario Music Educators Association (OMEA).

Visitation will be held at Oshawa Funeral Home on Sunday, Sept. 29, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the Salvation Army on Thornton Rd. in Oshawa on Monday, Sept. 30, at 11 am.

Donations are being gratefully accepted for Prostate Cancer (

We at CMT extend sympathy and best wishes to Allan’s family, friends, and peers in the industry.


MIAC Cancels 2013 Trade Shows

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Citing a shortfall in exhibitor participation, MIAC has announced the cancellation of the 2013 editions of the MIAC and PAL shows, formerly scheduled for September 8-9, 2013, in a statement released August 1st. The association’s board of directors made the decision after “long and careful consideration.”

“After much study and strenuous efforts, there was simply no path at hand to be able to produce a show that would meet the expectations of the exhibitors and attendees, and it was better to cancel the show at this stage before companies spent additional funds on travel, show expenses, etc.,” reads a statement from the association.

In general, retailers have been surprised and disappointed by the news, with many noting the need for such an event and the business and networking opportunities it provides.

More details regarding the future direction of the association will be communicated as soon as it is determined. For more information, contact MIAC:

We’ve Moved Locations

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Norris-Whitney Communications has moved to a new office. The new location and phone number are:

4056 Dorchester Rd., Unit 202

Niagara Falls, ON, L2E 6M9

Tel: 905-374-8878

NWC publishes Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines as well as Music Directory Canada.  NWC also operates All existing email addresses and website URLs will remain the same

In Memory: Robert Zildjian (1923-2013)

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Bob Zildjian (1923-2013)

Canadian Music Trade regrets to report that Robert Zildjian, the Founder and Chairman of Meductic, NB-based SABIAN Cymbals, passed away the morning of Thursday, March 28th, 2013 after a lengthy bout with cancer. He was 89 years old and is survived by his wife, Willi, and children Sally, Bill, and Andy.

Bob was born in Boston, MA in 1923, and destined for the music industry from birth. The son of Avedis Zildjian, Founder of the American cymbal company bearing his name, young Robert was working in the family business at a very young age. Aside from a term of service in the US Army during World War II, which took him to Europe as an infantryman, and the post-secondary schooling upon his return, Bob spent many years working in his father’s business, occupying many posts within the company.

After his father’s passing in 1979, Bob took control of the Meductic, NB-based Azco plant, previously a subsidiary of Zildjian, and launched SABIAN. The moniker is a combination of the first two letters from each of his children’s names. In 1982, the first SABIAN cymbal came off the production line, and the subsequent years found Bob and his world-class team building the SABIAN brand around the globe.

Always a class act, Bob had an unbelievably sharp wit and always shared his signature smile.

A viewing will be held at Scott Funeral Home in Woodstock, NB on April 5th from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the St. James United Church of Canada in Woodstock, NB on April 6th at 4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Salvation Army.

In the meantime, read about Bob’s life and sign the guestbook at: You can also access a video interview with Bob from NAMM’s Oral History collection at:

We at CMT extend our best wishes to Bob’s family, friends, and peers in the industry during this difficult time.